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Roger survives opening round

30.08.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger made it past the opening round of the US Open thanks to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo.

"It's always one of those moments you train for, to get on the first night of the US Open. You try to put on a good show and I was able to play a good match today, so I'm pleased. It could have been swifter maybe but I'm happy," Roger said.

Roger started powerfully, needing just 20 minutes to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set. But instead of easily taking the set, he suddenly struggled and dropped his serve twice before making the final game to capture the set. The second was similar, with Roger racing into the lead, being broken back, and then pulling away again. But Giraldo never seemed a real threat despite Roger's weakness during certain stages of the match. So our champ was able to see out the match in an hour and 46 minutes.

Roger will be back on court on Thursday when he meets Israel's Dudi Sela (ATP 96). The only match the two have played so far goes back over six years to the French Open, where Roger won 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

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08/31/2011 | 05:53 AM
Roger i thought you played well you were moving well which is key and you were timing the ball well. But there were these moments of total lack of concentration that were not very pretty but i dont think thats gonna happen in every match so i think youll be ok. Congratz on the win. You are playing well you can win this, good luck on your next match with Dudi Sela.
08/31/2011 | 04:24 AM
I strongly disagree with the word "survived".
When you win in 3 sets at 64 63 62, you didn't "survived",you won, no matter how. Felicitations, dear Roger.
08/31/2011 | 04:15 AM
Dear Roger, it wasn't that you "survived" the opening round. There was no doubt that you would defeat your opponent. Is the copy borrowing the negative language of the ATP. Sometimes I sense that there is slight lack of what wome wordds and expressions represent. I am impressed with what I saw, and not so impressed by some other matches. Godspeed, luck, and feel well! People are simplifying the game by excessive power, and simplified matches, relying on patterns a lot. Courts, are made similar.
08/31/2011 | 04:09 AM
Thank you Roger. First hurdle over. Congratulations! I pray that all your matches be similar to this one.
God bless you always
Love you.
marie in mtl
08/31/2011 | 02:59 AM
well done Roger, keep it up
08/31/2011 | 02:58 AM
Great Job Roger!!!!! I watched you play. it was phenomenal. This is your chance to get your 17th grand slam
08/31/2011 | 02:58 AM
Great Job Roger!!!!! I watched you play. it was phenomenal. This is your chance to get your 17th grand slam
08/31/2011 | 02:57 AM
Good game Roger,keep it up your tournament is yours
08/31/2011 | 01:48 AM
Lovely start m'dear- this tournament is all yours.
08/31/2011 | 01:12 AM
En este partido tenia el corazón partido, pero son mas grandes los deseos de verlo ganar este ultimo gran slam del año. Espero que DIOS Y LA SANTISIMA VIRGEN LO ACOMPAÑEN HASTA LA GRAN FINAL, y pueda regalarnos esa alegria que tanto hemos esperado. es el mejor y lo sabe, creo que a veces se le olvida pero esta vez será la vencida. muchiiiiiiiiiiiiiisima suerte.